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Neighbourhood Safer Places & Community Fire Refuge

We have a number of Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) and Community Fire Refuges provided for the community as last resort survival options. These do not replace having a well thought out and practiced survival plan. Going to an Neighbourhood Safer Place or Community Fire Refuge is only a last resort if your plans have failed.

Neighbourhood Safer Places - A Bushfire Place of Last Resort

These are open spaces such as an oval, that have been assessed by CFA as an adequate buffer zone to fire hazards and have also been assessed for potential radiant heat impact. It may provide some limited protection from radiant heat which is the biggest killer in bushfires. It will not protect you from smoke or embers.
We have 19 designated Neighbourhood Safer Places: (see links below for NSP boundary map)


 Suburb Description Address
Belgrave  Belgrave Recreation Oval (PDF, 240KB)

2/1A Reserve Road, Belgrave 3160

Alexanders Car Park (PDF, 255KB)
11 Terrys Avenue, Belgrave 3160 (access via Terrys Avenue & Burwood Highway)


Halley Supple Recreation Reserve Oval (PDF, 238KB)

17 South Gateway, Coldstream 3770

Dixons Creek Dixons Creek Recreation Reserve Oval Area (PDF, 250KB) 1659 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek 3775


Queens Park (PDF, 229KB)

1/36 Don Road, Healesville 3777


RACV Healesville Country Club Underground Car Park (PDF, 362KB)

162 Healesville-Kinglake Road (near corner Chum Creek Road), Healesville 3777


Lilydale Lake (PDF, 234KB)

435 Swansea Road, Lilydale 3140


Lilydale Recreation Reserve (PDF, 235KB)

179 Main Street, Lilydale 3140 (Maroondah Highway) opposite Hutchinson Street, Lilydale 3140


Millgrove Recreation Reserve (PDF, 233KB)

24A Cavanagh Road, Millgrove 3799 (enter from Moore Crescent, Millgrove 3799)


Monbulk Recreation Reserve, Soccer & Bowls Club (PDF, 260KB)

9-13 David Hill Road, Monbulk 3793 (enter Moores Road, Monbulk near McAllister Road), Monbulk)

Mount Evelyn

Yarra Hills Secondary College Oval (PDF, 228KB)

15 Burdap Drive (rear Yarra Hills Secondary College), Mount Evelyn 3796

Seville Recreation Reserve Northern Oval (PDF, 231KB) 20-28 Monbulk-Seville Road, Seville 3139 (Northern Oval)


Upwey Recreation Reserve (PDF, 241KB)

21 Alexander Avenue (opposite Austral Avenue) entry also via Chosen Avenue, Upwey 3158


Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Burrinja Car Park (PDF, 233KB) at north of site

18 Matson Drive, Upwey 3158 (corner Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey - entry to Car Park from Matson Drive)

Wandin North

Wandin North Recreation Reserve Oval (PDF, 239KB)

420 Clegg Road, Wandin North 3139 (corner of Clegg Road and Warburton Highway, Wandin North - entry off Clegg Road)

Warburton Recreation Reserve Oval (PDF, 254KB) 3455 Warburton Highway, Warburton 3799

Woori Yallock

Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve Oval (PDF, 243KB)

1435 Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, Woori Yallock (opposite Nester Road, Woori Yallock)

Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen Racecourse (PDF, 219KB)

2a Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen 3775

Yarra Junction

Yarra Junction Recreation Reserve Oval (PDF, 204KB)

1-3 Park Road (off Warburton Highway), Yarra Junction 3797

Community Fire Refuges

They are specially built or modified buildings which can withstand bushfires. A Community Fire Refuge will only be open if there is a significant fire threatening the local area. It is not a drop in centre on hot days. Our Community Fire Refuges are school buildings. If it is a school day they can still be used as a refuge for the general community but students and staff have priority.

We have 3 designated Community Fire Refuges:

Suburb Facility  Address 

East Warburton

Millwarra Primary School. East Warburton Campus

397 Woods Point Road, Warburton East 3799

Ferny Creek

Ferny Creek Primary School

School Road, Ferny Creek 3786

Wesburn/Millgrove CFA Station Warburton Highway, Millgrove 3799

Please remember

  • Going to an Neighbourhood Safer Place or Community Fire Refuge does not guarantee your survival and should only be used when your bushfire plans have failed or cannot be implemented.
  • Travelling when there is a bushfire can be extremely dangerous. Roads may be busy or blocked by trees, it will be hard to see due to smoke, there will be embers and may be spot fires.
  • There is no guarantee that the CFA or any other emergency services will be present.
  • Food and drinks or medical services are not provided at places of last resort.
  • They have limited capacity.
  • There is no provision for animals.
  • Many houses may provide better protection than a Neighbourhood Safer Place.

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